Paul Merson has admitted that Arsenal playmaker Martin Odegaard has proved him improper this season.
The Norwegian worldwide spent the second half of final season on mortgage on the Emirates Stadium from Actual Madrid earlier than sealing a summer time switch, a transfer that Merson wasn’t impressed with on the time. Writing for The Every day Star, he stated: “Martin Odegaard has proved me improper and is turning into the chief Arsenal have to move their hardest take a look at but.
“He’s the primary man there now and the primary title on the teamsheet for me. He has actually improved and is doing the enterprise. I believe the gamers respect him as a result of they will see he is an actual participant. I did not see it at first, I’ve to confess.
“It regarded like he did not actually wish to depart Actual Madrid, and I did not suppose he pulled up any timber on his mortgage spell at Arsenal. He might have sulked and misplaced his confidence when Madrid did not need him any extra, however he is taking part in higher than ever now.
“He is Arsenal‘s go-to man and he makes them tick.” The 22-year-old has loved a superb run of type for Mikel Arteta’s facet, notching 5 Premier League objectives and offering an extra three league assists.
The Gunners now sit fourth within the present league standings, three factors forward of native rivals Tottenham Hotspur – who’ve additionally performed an additional recreation. And Merson thinks that Odegaard‘s consistency have helped him turn out to be the most effective gamers within the English top-flight.
The Englishman added: “He is not a frontrunner when it comes to operating round and kicking folks or barking out orders. However when it comes to the way in which he is taking part in he’s.
“The best way he is turned it round individuals are him now and truthful play, he has executed very, very properly. He all the time needs the ball and is aware of learn how to use it.
“That is management too. I take my hat off to him as a result of he is high, high drawer.
“Among the best within the Premier League for my part.”